District Attorney George Gascón to Join 29th Annual National Night Out Celebrations

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134
ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón will join community members throughout the city for the 29th Annual National Night Out, a crime prevention event sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. San Francisco will be one of thousands of cities nationwide celebrating National Night Out.

“Creating safe and livable communities is achieved by strengthening partnerships between the community and law enforcement,” said District Attorney Gerorge Gascón. “National Night Out is a great opportunity for our neighborhoods to organize and fight back against crime and violence,”

As part of the District Attorney’s plan to bring the office and its services to the community, the District Attorney’s Victim Services Advocates and Neighborhood Prosecutors will be on hand at National Night Out events all over the city today.

District Attorney Gascón will be participating at the following National Night Out Events today from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.

Park District Park Station, 1950 Page Street
Southern District Victoria Manalo-Draves Park, Harrison between 6th and 7th
Bayview District Mendell Plaza, 4705 3rd Street
Taraval District Minni and Lovie Ward Park, 650 Capitol Avenue
Ingleside District Upper Noe Rec Center, 299 Day Street
Tenderloin District Boedekker Park Jones and Eddy
Northern District Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, 1050 McAllister Street
Mission Boys and Girls Club - 450 Guerrero Street

The District Attorney’s Neighborhood Prosecution program works by bringing the District Attorney’s Office into the community to facilitate the resolution of crimes that diminish the quality of life for local residents. Individuals cited for nonviolent offenses by police such as drinking in public, vandalism and petty theft are pre-screened by a Neighborhood Prosecutor to determine whether the case is suitable for neighborhood courts. Offenders who choose neighborhood courts agree to abide by the prescribed outcomes that focus on restoring both the community and the offender. Offenders who are successful in meeting the terms avoid having a conviction on their criminal record.

The District Attorney’s Victim Services Division aids crime victims in filing claims with the State Victim Compensation Program, offers crisis intervention and emergency assistance and provides help navigating the criminal justice system. Additionally, staff works with victims and witnesses and their families to identify community resources and make referrals to medical and mental health care providers when needed. The Victim Services Division also helps in securing restitution, assisting with witness relocation, and meeting transportation needs for eligible individuals. Last fiscal year, the Victim Services Division helped over 5,000 victims and witnesses of crime.